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Factoids and Interesting Oscar Facts: 16th-20th

16th
-After being nominated four times previously, Michael Curtiz finally won Best Director, for Casablanca. It was the final time he was nominated.
The Ox-Bow Incident is, to date, the last movie to be nominated for Best Picture and nothing else.
-This was the final time there would be ten Best Picture nominees until 2009..

17th
-Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Going My Way. He won for supporting actor, while Best Actor went to his co-star Bing Crosby. This marked the only occurrence of an actor receiving two nominations for the same performance.
-Preston Sturges received two of his three total Oscar nominations this year, both for Best Original Screenplay. He did not win and would never be nominated again.

18th
-Although The Bells of St. Mary’s was nominated for eight awards, it only took home one: Best Sound Recording.
-Joan Crawford earned her only Oscar win for Mildred Pierce, but was unable to attend due to illness.
-Angela Lansbury earned her second straight Best Supporting Actress nomination. It would be 17 years until her next one.

19th
The Best Years of Our Lives took home awards in seven of the eight categories it was nominated in.

20th
-At the time, Edmund Gwenn became the oldest Oscar winner at 71, for his Miracle on 34th Street.
-Ronald Colman earned his fourth and final nomination for Best Actor, and his only win. His first two nominations came 15 years earlier, at the third awards ceremony.

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